Will compost made with used litter containing DE be bad for the worms?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by foweler, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. foweler

    foweler Songster

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    Will compost made with used litter containing DE be bad for the earthworms in the garden?

    I asked this in another post but I thought I would make a topic out of it.

    I'm using food grade DE and pine shavings in the coop with the deep litter method. It works great. I scoop the big nasties in the morning and give the rest a stir. No odor or flies.


    When my scoopings build up I dump them in the pile with the wood stove ashes that I have recently turned into my first compost pile. I give a little water and stir it from time to time.

    I'm worried that the DE in the compost might kill the night crawlers that live in the garden dirt if I mix it in next year.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    According to sources, DE will not do anything to earthworms.
     

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